This page begins to document our efforts to get a sense of who we are, together, as a region.

Regional Priorities 2015 - 2015
1F - Designing Student Assessmentpage 15
Good teaching requires both assessment of learning and assessment for learning.

2B - Establishing a Culture for Learningpage 20
“A culture for learning” refers to the atmosphere in the classroom that reflects the educational importance of the work undertaken by both students and teacher.

3B - Using Questioning and Discussion Techniquespage 31
Questioning and discussion are the only instructional strategies specifically referred to in the framework for teaching; this reflects their central importance to teachers’ practice.

3D - Using Assessment in Instructionpage 36
Assessment of student learning plays an important role in instruction; no longer does it signal the end of instruction; it is now recognized to be an integral part of instruction.

4E - Growing and Developing Professionallypage 50
As in other professions, the complexity of teaching requires continued growth and development, in order to remain current.

(Click here for a brief explanation of how we established these.)

Regional Priorities 2014 - 2015
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Below are best practices our region is using to effectively promote the health and success of all our students. These are practices that are likely to transfer to other districts with minimal cost and fewer than 5 hours of in-person time to explain.

For the Start of the School Year:
Instructing Expectations
Mission Moments
Priority – First Day w/ Staff – the focus on the Principal w/ teachers.
“Defining our Instructional Beliefs”
Jensen Top 10 Achievement Boosters
Sixth Grade Orientation/Falcon Camp
Focus meeting


General:
Annual Program Assessment
Use of social media to share district news and promote positive relationships.
Data dashboard – Students Failing 1 or more courses by Quarter – reviewed monthly by Admin Data Team
All Staff in Hallways in-between Periods
PBIS Student Acknowledgement
H.S. Learning Center
Middle-High School Words to Deeds/Distance Learning Program
Pockets of Excellence
Mentor Program
Grade Level Pre-observations
Connecting Kids to Staff (and Staff to Kids)
Diagnostic Tool for School and District Effectiveness
Data Driven Practices
PLC Book Studies
#icsdplc
Modeling Instructional Practice in Staff Sessions
Improving Instruction - Promoting Teacher Conversation
Peer Visitation